Manhattan Helicopters' staff zips passengers past the Big Apple's most iconic attractions while narrating trips in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, or Chinese. Each one of their pilots must log thousands of training hours before steering whirlybirds past landmarks such as the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, and Madison Square Garden. Voice-activated Bose headsets provide crystal-clear communications between pilots and riders, and large windows deliver unobstructed views of Governors Island and the distant Palisades. Plush leather seats equipped with cup holders equally absorb chair-gripping excitement and reveries more peaceful than a nap in a stork's bindle.
Lifelong friends Alex and Kate make a perfect team: the former loves to bake, and the latter loves to eat. The duo made their way through thousands of cupcakes before making their sweet mark with Cupcakery. Here, they create each epicurean treat from scratch, using such high-quality ingredients as organic dairy, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, and gourmet Callebaut and Valrhona cocoa. Their menu intertwines classic mocha and red velvet flavors with specialties including banana Nutella and green tea—a cupcake best enjoyed by sipping. They also whip up a small batch of vegan cupcakes daily to ensure that everyone can savor their tempting desserts.
In its second year, The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show continues to draw inspiration from one of the globe’s most bike-friendly cities, showcasing thousands of road bikes, dutch bikes, and other styles while promoting safe urban cycling. The bike display sprawls across three stories and more than 33,000 square feet, and bike giveaways throughout the weekend arm patrons for stylish riding or perfecting their slow-motion Lance Armstrong impressions. In Bikelandia, the show's seminar portion, authors and experts present on cyclist issues such as New York’s bike lanes, and a fashion show flaunts the trendiest bike outfits and accessories. As they tour the festivities, patrons can sip complimentary pints at the Grolsch Lager beer garden and nosh on mouth-watering eats. The show also benefits Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates for stronger biking, walking, and public-transit infrastructure.
?When it comes to care-free, high-performance driving," says MotorWeek, "a Porsche 911 and the open air is an irresistible combination." And thanks to Redline Rentals of Buffalo, that experience doesn't have to come with an owner's price tag. Here, drivers can rent a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet for the day, winding around the roads of Western New York in style. And they're not limited to Porsches, either. They can also get their hands on a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport pulsating with a 430-horsepower V8 engine or a Dodge Challenger R/T, which boasts a sleek design and leather interior that smells like distilled freedom.
Bob Johnson Chevrolet's knowledgeable service team and GM-trained mechanics prep for winter with oil changes, tire rotations, inspections, and new sets of tires. The certified service technicians execute the winterization package by appeasing engines' appetites with up to 6 quarts of standard motor oil, installing a new ACDelco oil filter, and lubricating hinges, suspensions, and drivelines. A tire rotation helps prolong rubbery soles' lifespans by balancing the wear and tear treads experience as cars drive on roads or the sides of pyramids. Techs also fill tires with nitrogen—as opposed to standard compressed air—to help to improve fuel efficiency and maintain constant tire pressure. Along with running through a General Motors–certified service checklist, mechanics administer a thorough inspection of fluids, wiper blades, batteries, brake systems, and flux capacitors.
Writing a letter or eating a rotisserie chicken aren’t things you should do while driving. During trips to JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, or a range of other locations with drivers from Five Star Limo Car Service Inc., though, patrons don’t have to keep their eyes on the road. As the gleaming vehicles slip through traffic, passengers relax to prepare for stressful business meetings or hammock-modeling gigs.